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Opponents foresee a federal takeover of public education

Published: Wednesday, April 18 2012 10:20 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Given that the federal Department of Education and its tainted funding has driven much of the decline in our education system over the last 50 years, we really need to ask:

"If the recommendations of the career education establishment over the last 50 years are so good, then why are our kids receiving such poor educations?"

The answer is, of course, that what was once one of the best education systems in the world has been dumbed down to a morass of self esteem, new math, and marginally competent union drones permanently embedded in government indoctrination centers. The results of this system are a dismal failure compared to educational achievement 50 years ago, or the results turned in by other nations around the world today.

Therefore, it would be good to (a) ignore the "common core" tar baby, and the lure of federal funding that will inevitably be attached to it, and (b) seek to free ourselves from dependency upon, and enslavement by, "free money from Washington" passed out by the education department.

Of course, the entire federal Department of Education should be abolished anyway.

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

Interesting that those who want to measure the success of Utah schools based on standardized testing also want to avoid having Utah share the same standards as the other states being tested. Those who decry the use of common core standards don't realize those are not federally mandated or created standards. The criticism of common core standards by those who have not examined them is illogical, bordering on ridiculous.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

To the mom who wants her kids in the AP classes: Don't do it! AP classes are great as far as they go - however, the grade all comes down to how well the kids do on the test at the end of the year. Concurrent enrollment classes are a better way to go - the student gets graded on the work they do, not just the test and it helps them get through college faster.

Do some research on the issue and you will see that concurrent enrollment offers greater benefits.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

unreal the uncool things someone that is a corporate brain washed person will say. anti union anti federal government. we are all the federal government and unions have helped all labor. and gail is no one to listen to anyway she would make utah a one worship state and be a country for her views only. which really these people want freedom to take away other paoples freedom. its on all of us are that education has gone down hill face it. more money is being spent for president and election then we spend on education. the rich want an uneducated mass so they can pay less money that is why they move companies to utah.

AlphaSmith
LINDON, UT

When "education officials" speak about "misinformation," they really mean, "People know what we're doing and they are going to make us explain ourselves. Run for cover!"

one old man
Ogden, UT

The only way Utah's neo-conservative Republicans can win is by frightening people into voting for them.

This is just one more example.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

AlphaSmith said:
When "education officials" speak about "misinformation," they really mean,
"People know what we're doing and they are going to make us explain ourselves. Run for cover!"

When ruzicka runs this state and is NOT an elected (nor would ever be) official,
and uneducated people fall for propaganda using bumper sticker logic and colorful brochures,
it goes to show how easily some people are lead by false information.

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